MOSCOW - On April 2, Russia's space forces launched a 3,660-pound Molniya-class military communications satellite from the Plesetsk launch center. It was the 28th launch of a Molniya satellite built by Reshetnyov NPO PM of Siberia. According to company representatives, the Molniya-1T spacecraft has an on-orbit lifetime of seven to eight years and could work for three to four years after the end of its nominal life. Makers of satellites for military and civilian constellations here ...


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